Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

March 14, 2022


ATHENS, W.Va. –  A Grand Opening celebration for the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS) at Concord University was held today (March 14, 2022) in the Rahall Technology Center. The CU Office of Veteran Services was a partner in hosting this event.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Concord University a grant totaling $342,859 over three years to establish a CEVSS on campus. Overall goals of the comprehensive veteran support service center are to increase veteran enrollment, improve veteran academic success, and increase veteran post-graduation outcomes. This federal funding is 74 percent of the total costs of the program. Concord University is cost-sharing 26 percent or $123,047 of the total costs of the program.

The CEVSS becomes the latest in Concord’s long, rich tradition of supporting members of the military and veterans. Concord’s current Office of Veteran Services, spearheaded by U.S. Navy veteran and faculty member Dr. George Williams, has been providing strong support to veterans and military personnel and their families for a number of years with a variety of programs and activities dedicated to academics, financial aid, social involvement and other areas related to attending college. With the added resources and staffing available through the CEVSS, the University will be equipped to expand these services.

“We are very excited about the opportunities this grant will provide for veterans in our region,” Dr. Williams, CU’s Veterans Advocate, said. “We will be able to greatly expand on the services we currently offer.  The CEVSS will benefit Concord University, veterans, and our community.”

Dr. Sheila Womack, Concord’s Director of Student Success, is serving as the Project Director for the CEVSS.

“We’re really excited to have the CEVSS officially open!” Dr. Womack said. “Concord has always been considered a veteran-friendly campus, and we’re happy to be able to offer this new resource to support our veteran students and assist them on all sides of the higher education experience.”

Services being provided by the CEVSS include, but are not limited to, wrap-around veteran support – academic, financial, physical/emotional, and social support – through individual Action Plans, equipment to assist those with disabilities, career planning, an early alert system, an updated veterans’ lounge/computer lab, and referrals to on-campus and off-campus help.

For additional information about the CEVSS please email or call 304-384-5391. To learn more about Concord University’s Office of Veteran Services, please visit

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In keeping with the CDC guidelines, Concord recommends double-masking. 
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Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086, if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.